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For example, many of the youngsters thought the solicitations were from other youth or just casual rude comments1.

Most of these crimes are statutory rather than forcible rapes2.

Virtually all cases of Internet sex crimes involve youth 12 and up2. Younger children have much less interest than teens in interacting with and going to meet unknown persons they have encountered online.

Research suggests that personal web pages are not in themselves dangerous3.

Rather, the danger is when young people use these vehicles to portray themselves as interested in sex, romance, risk-taking, and open to interacting with people they don’t know.

Avoid implying that the typical youngster vulnerable to online offenders is a young child.